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The Veldt

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Meagan Laszlo

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Transcript of The Veldt

The Veldt
Point of View

: setting of story (describes setting)
pg 102

"The ceiling above them became a deep sky with a hot yellow sun"

situational irony
: house end up killing parents.
pg 114 "Mr. Hadley looked at his wife and they turned and looked back at the beasts edging slowly forward, crouching, tails stiff"

: screaming through out the story, anticipating whether they will turn off the house or not.

The tone in the story is dreadful and trouble. We know this because one you start reading you know something is wrong.
"It's just that the

nursery is different now than it was."-lydia.
This worry is carried throughout the story, that the nursery is causing trouble. The situation gets worse as you read on. While in the nursery, Lydia senses danger because the situation felt too real, as if the room was alive and the lions were about to attack them.
" Did you see?Did you feel?It

was too real."-Lydia
. In the end, the house destroys the family, and turns against the parents. This makes the children side with the house and end up killing their parents for the house,
The Hadley family is living in the future, in their futuristic house. George and Lydia Hadley have two children; Peter and Wendy. In the house the children have a nursery that creates an atmosphere from their thoughts. The children are starting to become obsessed with it.
Inciting Incident
Lydia and George go investigate their children's nursery to find that it is in "Africa" The virtual nursery replicates climate, feeling, sounds and sights. They discover that there are lions who have been killing other animals.
They begin to fear their children for seeing death at such a young age.
The nursery is duplicating what they feel so it is becoming alarming.
Rising Action
George and Lydia are sat down to dinner one evening and notice their children have not formally eaten with them in a while. They walk in and start being interrogated by their parents about the nursery. Wendy quickly ran and changed the atmosphere with her thoughts to reduce suspicion. The children act as if they have never seen Africa. The next day Peter and his father are having a conversation. Talking about turning off the house.
The Main Character(s):
George Hadley - The father (protagonist)
Lydia Hadley - The Mother
Wendy & Peter Hadley- The children (Antagonist)

Minor Characters:
The Psychologist- David Mclean
House - House

The foil of this story is the parents. George and Lydia
Hadley contrast each other.
Lydia and George nearly get attacked by lions in their children's nursery.
" They almost got us!"
Lydia cried
"Walls, Lydia, remember; crystal walls, that's all they are."
In this situation George doesn't take the situation seriously even though Lydia senses that the room is dangerous.

Direct Characterization
The house in our story is described more than any other character. With the house we saw what it does and how it effects the other characters.

Peter and Wendy: The children are mad at their parents for threatening to shut down the nursery and the rest of the house. "
The children were in hysterics. They screamed, yelled and sobbed."
The nursery is very important to the children and is where they express themselves, but are afraid of how bad their life will become if the house is shut off.

The house would be the main character that we get to know.
The point of view used for this character would be third person.
The conflict is effected because the children dont want the house to be turned off, and neither does the house, so it sides with the kids.
The kids would be the characters that we dont get to know as much as the others.
The point of view is third person
The kids effect the conflict because the kids also dont want the house to be turned off so they side with the house.

Our sympathy was directed to the parents because they were losing touch with reality and their kids.
The point of view used here is third person.

The phsycologist validates the situation by telling the parents nothing is wrong when clearly to us, the readers, there clearly is something wrong and we are forced to realize the reality of the situation.
The point of view used here is objective.
He gives facts to reassure the parents/readers of what is happening.
Changing the point of view
By changing the point of view to first person you would only be able to understand one characters point of view. We infer that if the story was written in one perspective, based on the information we have, it would be the houses point of view because this "character" is most described throughout the story. The story would be very different and we wouldn't necessarily side with the parents therefore the sympathy we feel would be towards another character such as the children or the house itself.
Lydia and George decide to take action and call in a physcologist to evaluate their childrens nursery. He suggests turning off the nursery. The parents take the advice and try to not give their children everything they want and need as years before. They have lost touch with their children due to the fact their house is essentially a "parent replacment"
Falling Action

The night the nursery is locked up after the physcologists evaluation the children sneak back into the nursery at night. They throw fits and are extremely explosive over the situation. Lydia is getting more and more paranoid about these virtual lions becoming real and the bond between the room and the children growing.
Just as George and David ( the physcologist) are going to turn the houses controls off the children beg for a few minutes with the nursery. As Lydia and George go upstairs to pack for their vacation while the house is turned off they are caught by surprise when they hear their children calling them. By instinct the run into the nursery and are startled by having a door locked on them. The lions. The children are now left alone with the house.
Person vs Technology
-George and Lydia Hadley are faced to deal with the fact that they are losing their children to a fully , technologically controlled house
"would i have to tie my own shoes instead of the shoe tier do it? And brush my own teeth and comb my hair and give myself a bath?"
Person vs person
- Parents are going against their own children. They are attached to the house
"dont let father kill everything ( reffering to the house)
i hate you!"
Indirect characterization
House: The house is trying to protect itself from being shut down, so it has a mind of its own, and makes the lions from the nursery come to life and kill the enemy(parents).
"I don't imagine the room will like to be turned off. But nothing likes to die- not even a room."

Peter and Wendy: The children kill their parents by tricking them into the nursery and locking them in, forcing them to be trapped in the veldt with the lions who eat them. They did this to protect the house from being turned off by their parents.
"Mr.&Mrs. Hadley looked back at the beasts edging slowly towards them."
Static Vs. Dynamic
Dynamic character: George is a dynamic character because he changes throughout the story. He learns that he needs to change the way his family lives. At the beginning, George thinks everyone should have a Happylife Home.
" George

was filled with admiration for the mechanical genius who had concieved this room. Every home should have one."
By the end, he thinks otherwise and wants to shut down the house. "The whole house dies as of here and now. The more I see the mess we've put ourselves in, the more it sickens me." George realizes the dangers of the house that have affected Peter and Wendy from reality.
Static Character:

Peter & Wendy: Throughout the story Peter and Wendy don't change their opinions about the house. They love it and think they couldn't live without it. Since they don't change, they are static characters.
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